Psychosocial Considerations for the Home Workspace

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During this time of change and remote working employers and employees still need to consider the psychosocial elements of good work design; work demands, job control, supervisor / peer support, role variables, managing relationships (remotely), recognition and reward, management of change and organisational justice.

The management group should develop strong, robust guidelines to support staff during this time and to address the above areas which are likely to be causing angst amongst the workforce. Employers should consider the likely changed and even increased mental demands on employees particularly when considering the change to the family and social dynamic and various stressors which have presented and are likely to develop over the course of the current landscape and social distancing precautions.

Key strategies and activities for management should include;

  • Keep employees informed with regards to business changes and response to COVID-19 landscape. This may include changes to the way services are to be delivered or the products themselves or how employees are to engage with clients.
  • Address clear expectations regarding work tasks and maintaining a routine. Structured work days support connection, certainty and positive mental health function
  • Create times for genuine check-ins with employees, not out of ‘need’ but of ‘want’
  • Set clear expectations around communication (the method, times of availability, parameters)
  • Understanding that each employee is going to have a different home situation and demands such as looking after children and other domestic requirements
  • Make time for self-care

Nabenet Health is continuing to provide health, safety and well-being consulting through ‘tele-health’ means – get in touch for more information at or (03) 9981 9888.

Key Ergonomic Points for the Home Workspace

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The landscape of the workspace has certainly changed over the last few weeks. Many people are now working from home, a space familiar for home and domestic activities, and unfamiliar for occupational tasks. The elements of good work design (Biomechanical, Physical, Cognitive and Psychosocial) pertain to whatever environment is chosen to be the workspace and due consideration must be given by both employers and employees to manage the occupational health and safety risks.

Regarding the biomechanical elements (force, movement, posture and vibration) – staff should conduct a risk assessment or self-evaluation of their intended home workspace. Parts of the workspace that should be reviewed are;

  • Location – avoid performing tasks where awkward postures are likely to be sustained e.g. bed, couch, recliner chair, outdoor setting
  • Check for appropriate lighting, ventilation and temperature
  • Try to replicate your usual workstation set up with a chair, desk, phone and documents within close reach
  • Use headphones if utilising a mobile phone or even landline if able
  • If using a laptop – consider utilising a second larger computer monitor and / or raise the laptop up to eye level and at the appropriate distance. Consider an external keyboard and mouse also.
  • Make time for appropriate posture breaks and to perform exercises and stretches

Nabenet Health is continuing to provide ergonomic workspace consultation through ‘tele-health’ means –get in touch for more information and also a working from home checklist. or (03) 9981 9888.

Nabenet NDIS

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Nabenet is pleased to announce that we are now a registered NDIS provider. Nabenet NDIS has highly experienced and qualified allied health professionals, including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists. We are a mobile service, who can assist adults in the community maximise their potential and independence in and around Melbourne. Call the Nabenet office on 9981 9888 to discuss how we can help you.

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2020 Mental Health First Aid Courses

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Work related mental injuries resulting in psychological harm account for 11% of workers compensation claims in Victoria. This means they are the second most common cause of workers compensation claims in Australia. Our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course teaches participants the skills to assist a person with mental health issues. Bookings are now open for the Nabenet Health 2020 courses.
On-Site Mental Health First Aid Training
Would you like us to run the 2 Day course on-site at your workplace for a team of up to 20 staff?

Call Mark Manokaran from Nabenet Health for a quote on Ph: 9981 9888 or email
Mental Health First Aid Training Courses
$450 plus GST per person. Courses run in Melbourne’s CBD on the following dates;

March 19th & 20th                 May 14th & 15th                 July 22nd & 23rd

To book please email or call Mark Manokaran

Ph: 9981 9888 or

2019 ARPA Award Winners

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Congratulations to the Nabenet staff who recently won the following ARPA Victoria Excellence in Workplace Rehabilitation Awards.

Best New Starter, New Employer

Outstanding RTW Achievement, Psychological Claim

Outstanding Consultant, New Employer

Congratulations – Highest possible rating

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Nabenet has achieved the highest rating possible from WorkSafe for our OES and NES return to work services, a total of 6 stars out of a possible 6 stars. Congratulations to our entire team for assisting more injured Victorian workers back to work.

If you would like to hear more about our latest rating or how we are assisting more Victorian workers back to work please contact Vanessa Cariss or call the Nabenet office on 9981 9888.

Melbourne Return to Work Morning Tea Forum

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Nabenet are pleased to be offering FREE training for HR, OHS Staff, RTW Co-ordinators, Supervisors and Managers.

Effective management of physical claims with secondary psychological factors: Expert Panel
Improving workplace health and wellbeing through innovative health programs and digital technology: Presented by Mark Manokaran

Wednesday 14th August 2019
123 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000

Tea coffee and morning tea provided.

Click here for your invitation


2019 Regional Morning Tea Series

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Join us for our free RTW education series across regional Victoria. This year’s training will focus on effective management of physical claims with secondary psychological factors and also improving workplace health through innovative health programs and digital technology.

Locations and dates are listed below with a link to book your place. Click here to see the full invitation.

Ballarat Wednesday 5th June – BOOK HERE

Geelong Wednesday 12th June – BOOK HERE

Bendigo Tuesday 18th June – BOOK HERE

Wangaratta Tuesday 25th JUNE – BOOK HERE

Morwell Wednesday 26th June BOOK HERE

These FREE return to work training sessions are suitable for HR, OHS Staff, RTW Co-ordinators, Supervisors and Managers. The sessions run from 8.30am-10.30am. Further enquiries can be made by contacting

High Rating – Congratulations

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Nabenet has achieved the highest rating from WorkSafe for our New Employer Services outcomes. Three STARS out of a possible three STARS. Our Original Employer Services team is also performing above the scheme average and for Mental Injury claims we are performing above the scheme for placements with improvements being made in all areas. Congratulations to both teams on their hard work.

For more information on how we can help
please contact us on (freecall) 1300 662 636 or enquire online
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